• Cyndi Lauper on the True Colors of Politics

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    Whether it was a flip-flop, or an evolution, or a change of view, President Obama is the first sitting president to endorse same-sex marriage. Coincidentally, the same week the president announced this change, Cyndi Lauper, one of the biggest activists for gay and lesbian rights in the entertainment community was in town. Lauper came to D.C. to receive an award for her work to end LGBT -- lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender -- youth homelessness. Hearing the president's support for same-sex marriage, she said, felt extraordinary.

    "I've never been so proud of a president before, I'm so proud to be American," Lauper said.

    "I been seeing all my life the disparity and the inequality, and so to be a part of this and be here at this time gave me great hope," the singer added.

    But Lauper has not always been happy to be associated with politicians. Lauper, whose 1980s hits include 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' and 'True Colors,' did not want her songs used in political ads --

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  • Politically Foul

    Politics: it's not a game, exactly. But there are rules, and when you break them you are running…politically foul!!!

    Touching down in Ohio, President Obama emerged from Air Force One, remembered his wave, and charged forward...without Mrs. Obama. Realizing he'd dropped the ball, the President scrambled back for the recovery and emerged again with the full roster.

    FLAG! 5 yards, not illegal formation...ME-legal formation.  Is there so much ME ME ME he forgets HER HER HER? In the week before Mother's Day, forgetting the mother of your children could be a costly penalty.

    This is a president who occasionally does catch a case of the "me's." In his explanation for support of gay marriage to Robin Roberts, the president said:  "When I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting

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  • The Bottom Line

    President Obama made history at the White House yesterday when he told my GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts that he supports same-sex marriage. But how will the politics play out come November?  That's the question we're tackling today on the Bottom Line.

    Strategists on both sides of the issue — and from both Presidential campaigns — have told me the politics are likely to be a wash.  Hard to read — and certain not to supplant the economy as the campaign's top issue.  No question that's right.  To borrow a phrase from Donald Rumsfeld, Obama's shift raises more "known unknowns" than firm conclusions.  So I have more questions about the politics of same-sex marriage right now than answers.

    Here are my top nine:

    #1 — Will this fire up Christian Conservatives who have had some real qualms about Mitt Romney and skepticism about his Mormon faith?  Enough to put them enthusiastically in Romney's camp in solid numbers?

    #2 — Did this cost President Obama North Carolina? We saw the

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